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BRIGHT SPARKS IS UP AND RUNNING!

23/03/2016
This year, our enrichment program has been widened to encompass a huge range of activities and opportunities for our very own ‘bright sparks’ across the school community. These opportunities are offered to students who achieve highly across a range of subjects, or in a particular area; and to students who are keen on projects outside straightforward subject areas.
For example, our Chess Club has begun for the year with Mr Sulter (Tuesday lunch in G3), and Fantastic Fiction Fridays – book club – with me Friday lunch in the Library.  Mrs Ferguson is advertising for the ASX Sharemarket game (Monday lunch) and Ms Fanning is holding extension Art classes for those who want to extend their skills on Fridays at lunch in the Art room. And not to forget our fantastic Farm who hold animal handling lunch sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, feeding at 8am every day and Cattle Showing preparation on Wednesday and Thursday lunches.
Soon to begin is a robotics program with Mrs Christie in Term 2, a MineCraft Club with Mrs Hall and Mr Boxall and the various ICAS Competitions across many subject areas. Keep an eye out for Drama Club and Yoga/Pilates as well.
One group has already taken on the OzClo challenge – an online puzzle competition for all ages. These students spent a Thursday afternoon really exercising their brains while working as part of a team and by all accounts, had a great time.
 
Our Junior Teams
Our Senior Team
Hailey Rufus
Lauren James
Andrew Herbert
Markus Ayma
Lara Thompson
Mikaela Gibson
Abbie Lange
Crystal Perkins
Connor Marsden
Geordie Thomson
Rachel Francis
Blake Ulett
Overall result: 44.5
Overall result: 37.5
Overall result: 35.5
 
Well done to these students – it’s fantastic to see such a great group participating in extra-curricular activities!
In terms of extension for our top students, a group of our top thirty Year 9 Science students went to QUT Gardens Point on March 18 to participate in some high level STEM Science projects, focussing on Astrophysics and Prototype design.  Further days will be advertised to Year 8 and Year 7 groups later in the semester.
Our philosophy is simple – school is about more than just classes.  To challenge yourself and flex your brain muscles, it’s important to participate in a range of activities at school and why not have fun with it while you’re at it?
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact.
 
Mrs Courtney Burton
Bright Sparks Coach